Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman tells the story of a small town just outside of Chicago that is beginning to see a rise in crime as the coal mine industry swells with new employees and orphaned kids begin to rule the streets.
Livy is a young and beautiful girl, helping out at the local orphanage on a mission to find and bring the street kids in to safety. She has a real soft spot for the street kids, being that she used to be one herself. She knew how to pick pocket like a pro, could open any locked door and had a reputation... until Mrs. Brooks took her in and introduced her to Jesus. Her life had been changed and she became devoted to helping other street kids, like herself, find hope and a future.
Jake is the new deputy in town. He didn't always have a desire to go into law enforcement, but after he lost his father in a mining accident, he just couldn't go back underground. Jake is determined to see the streets of Chestnut cleaned up and orderly. He wants the riff raff street kids out of the way and back in Chicago, where they belong. It wasn't until he met and fell in love with Livy that his heart became turned towards the true realities of the lives of the children. Then he would do anything and risk everything to save them.
Gibbons just wants to be respected by his father. His family had a reputation to uphold as some of the best crooks in all of Chicago. But Chestnut was the perfect place for Gibbons to venture on his own and show them once and for all that he was capable of being just as ruthless as the rest of them. And since no one cared for the street kids anyway, why not use them to their fullest potential?
Luke, a street kid from Chicago, is trying his best just to survive. When a ring of roberies occurs in town, everyone suspects him... but all he wants to do is eat, stay warm, and find his kid brother who's been taken and is being held captive.
Ok, I know that was long... sorry. I can not contain myself. I LOVED this book. It was such a good, fast, inspiring, romantic, sentimental, adventurous read. This is a book you DO NOT want to judge by it's cover or title (both are kinda ehhh). The book is written from the perspective of those 4 above characters, which really gives you the chance to know every angle of the story.
Yes, it's a Christian book... but I did not find it to be pushy or preachy at all. I thought that it portrayed the message well without over doing it. And, being that it's the mid-west in the late 1800's, it's appropriate. I feel like sometimes Christian books feel the need to rosy up the message or add 100 "God's" into it just because it's "Christian". And I AM a Christian... I still don't like it. Not the case with this book... it was perfect.
Seriously, go get it... now. Unfortunately, it's currently only available in e-book format, BUT for now it's FREE on Amazon. Woohoo!
This book was given to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.